max roost height?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by captionerlady, May 22, 2011.

  1. captionerlady

    captionerlady Hatching

    May 22, 2011
    If I will be clipping their wings, and I'm likely going to only have one roost bar going across the coop, what is the maximum height for them to be able to get up on the roost bar? Thanks, Lisa
  2. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    What breed are they? Cliping one or both wings? The heavier, the lower the roost needs to be. Will there be a ladder up or just the lone bar? I'll say 4ft for the fattest birds, Most 5ft, but if you have 'flighty' banties or Dutch, 8ft would still work.
  3. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Songster

    Jan 25, 2011
    it depends on if there is enough room for them to fly back down. You don't want them smashing into walls when they make their decent.

    Mine will roost at 7 feet if given the chance, but they also have about 8 feet of space between roost and wall for a safe landing. My cockerel once roosted outside in a tree which was about 10 feet high. He's about 4 lbs.

    as posted above some chickens prefer not to roost too high, while others will roost as high as you let them. A ladder or ramp would be recommended for really high roosts.

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